“You’re a rockstar!” That’s the most consistent compliment I’ve received throughout my career. Every positive interaction I’ve had with any rockstar has had two factors, their humble upbeat attitude and leaving you feeling great, with the 10 minutes hanging out with fans waiting to meet Albert Hammond Jr (guitarist from The Strokes) particularly reinforcing that notion. Let’s explore 5 factors I’ve noticed from rockstars and how you can apply them, even if you don’t like rock music!
Seeing instrumental surf rock band Daikaiju is like stepping into a monster movie. Their fully interactive “attacks” on a venue, ripe for a 360-degree virtual reality music video, invite their audiences to participate in antics like hoisting their drum kit in the air during a performance. These antics would mean nothing if their music suffered to only temporarily ignite the audience’s interest. Fortunately, their antics serve as accurate visual footnotes to their energetic live performances!
Attending concerts is therapeutic for me. When all goes well, I’m permanently motivated! Even when I must invent a new rating variable to express my contempt toward a performance, it’s usually worth the inconvenience of leaving my comfort zone to hang out with old friends, meet new acquaintances, or encounter interesting side stories. Seeing a leashed dog at a show was weird and that it wasn’t obviously a service or therapy dog was weirder still…
Average Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5] [54 of 105 possible stars, 51%]
Adjusted Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
[@]: Photo, thoughts
WANNA CATCH THIS LATEST BATCH OF 21 BAND REVIEWS? OR SEE THE POOR DOG AT THE END? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!
When will I throw out my favorite hoodie? It will take over 2 hours to sew its disintegrating seams. My concert hoodie could replace it, or I could find another. I have too many positive memories wearing it to destroy it. So will I keep repairing it until there’s nothing left? Is there a definitive point when we should destroy the things that served us before in favor of things that could serve us more efficiently?
My self-confidence was in shambles over 4 years ago. Between sobriety, encounters with possibly thousands of stressful people including one abusive manager that would psychologically harass me so much during weekly Friday meetings that I’d leave feeling absolutely worthless, and generally picking up the pieces of my life, I’m in a better spot now. Celebrating those Fridays, let’s consider self-confidence weekly, starting with perhaps the strongest mantra you can apply: you deserve any spot you choose.
Of all my writing, reviews are by far the most difficult to write. They’re not directly helpful to others and they instigate emotional debates. When the score is negative, all I want to do is rush it out the door so I can move on, and when the score is positive there isn’t much criticism happening. So why criticize? Celebrating well-executed things, encouraging improvement, holding people accountable for what they contribute to the world, and…
“Today, I helped maybe 10 people. Why not 10,000 people?” When I first started working, I was just happy to help anyone I could. As I become more experienced in both work and life, I see the value in both continually improving my work and the lives of others. This effort requires sacrifice. You might sacrifice leisure for study time or steady work for the chance to do more rewarding, better work. Bands are great examples:
(The) Melvins have the musicianship and showmanship that could have made them the biggest band in the world. If they cared. They would have been bigger than Nirvana if they removed anything weird about their slightly inaccessible brand of heavy rock. They have the relentless work ethic to compete with The Beatles. Would compromising their sound be worth the money and fame? Would they still be the same Melvins? Or would they fade from relevance?
“You can listen to whatever you want in the [float] tank.” My thoughts immediately went to grindcore band Wormrot. I prepped their 2016 album Voices [shown below, left] for my next session. When the album queued up, after Runaljod: Ragnarok by Wardruna concluded, what an incredibly subversive moment! Twenty-six minutes later, I gained a deeper appreciation for some of the most abrasive music I’ve found outside atonal noise music. What’s the appeal? Isn’t pop music nicer?
Guitar Wolf are fearless! They prove that if you pour work hard and sweat into your labors, you can achieve success on your terms. Though not selling out a 27,500-person capacity venue, selling out an intimate 200-person capacity venue that “normally doesn’t sell out on a weekday” is still an achievement, especially for their anti-conformist take on garage rock! If you can embrace their abrasive noise, they might be the best teachers of fearless motivation.